Episode 13 - Forget
12 March 2015
I thought this was really good, again. I thought this presented a very effective range of emotions which our survivors encounter as they contemplate their new lives.
Carol scaring the life out of that boy was one of the best scenes the show has ever produced. What Carol is doing might be the right thing for the group's survival. It might be the right thing for that boy's survival. But it's also scarring him and damaging his relationship with his family. I think the most interesting part is how little time Carol had to compute the situation. It was second nature for her to threaten someone. When she really had time to think about it (at the prison) she murdered people. It was a scene that beautifully made you question the morality of the scenario. Carol is the most far gone in terms of civilisation. She firmly believes that their stay here is only temporary.
Rick is the next along that scale. His transformation into Shane was less subtle but equally fascinating. I loved that final shot of him contemplating the walls. What was he thinking? His inappropriate peck on the cheek seems to have led him to ponder a world where Jessie's husband meets an unfortunate accident. Freed from the burdens of the outside world does Rick recognise his own mad thoughts for what they are? Or has some combination of arrogance, stress and paranoia driven him slightly over the edge?
It makes sense that he'd only share his plans with Darryl and Carol, the adults he's known the longest. But Darryl's reaction was to see things another way. Aaron's gentle and understanding treatment lured him in with the emotional acceptance he's always craved. And by allowing him his space (offering him the recruiter job) and recognising his goodness he lured Darryl in perfectly. It was that recognition of Darryl's morality (and therefore his worth) that began Darryl's frienship with Carol back in Season 2. The use of the horse was predictably emotive and gave us a reminder of the haunted lives of animals in this world.
Sasha's panic attack when faced with a room full of small talk was another clever collision between the survivors and Alexandria. She has not let go of Tyreese yet or the sense of coiled rage which kept her alive in the wild. While Michonne goes the other way actively trying to give up on her survivor self to relax and settle in. The balance between all these stories was excellent, far better than the show normally manages.
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